Average Bench: 65.3% (167th of 1015)

more Based on 17,037 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZYO, WDC WD20 PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0B1, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78AKYY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-08U6AA0, WD20PURX-08EUEE, WDC WD20PURX-25T0FY0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-70P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64N96Y0, WDC WD20PURX-69PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6EY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64EFGY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64GVNY0, WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WDC WD20PURX-74P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-60P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64VNY0, WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-64AKYY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P

The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

Above average average bench

The WD Purple 2TB (2014) averaged 34.6% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.87MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.13MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 47.3%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 60.2MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 111MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 17,037 samples)
Min Avg Max
61.8 Read 115 152
65.5 Write 111 146
26.1 Mixed 60.2 79.3
58.8 SusWrite 112 150
73.1% 99.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.4 4K Read 0.73 0.9
0.5 4K Write 2.13 2.7
0.4 4K Mixed 0.87 1
167% 1.24 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 141 144 137 142 142 144 MB/s
Read 140
Write 135
Mixed 72.4
SusWrite 142
90% 123 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.2
4K Mixed 0.9
174% 1.3 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 92 90 91 100 140 129 MB/s
Read 143
Write 152
Mixed 72.6
SusWrite 107
87% 118 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 1
199% 1.53 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 42,044,141 HDDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $93 @ launch in Jul '14
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Typical Purple 2TB (2014) Builds (Compare 43,223 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 31%
Sail boat
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 29%
Raft

Motherboard: Asus PRIME A320M-K - $65

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 70% - Very good Total price: $511

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